The Poet Speaks #9: Geoffrey Hill, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, James Merrill, Ursula K. Le Guin: “We are difficult”

14 thoughts on “The Poet Speaks #9: Geoffrey Hill, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, James Merrill, Ursula K. Le Guin: “We are difficult””

  1. Well-chosen and provoking. I was taken with Hill’s phrase ‘resisting, therefore, tyrannical simplification’ and found it kind of connected with this of Ginsberg’s – ‘I don’t know whether it even makes sense sometimes. Sometimes I do know it makes complete sense, and I start crying.’ It’s a never-ending struggle, apparently …

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  2. It’s funny that Ginzy will allow himself whatever oddball Blakean propheticness, while Le Guin has to guard against seeming merely imaginative or escapist. The perils of poetry & genre I guess, weird rules & categories that only mean so much.

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  3. O the perils & potentials.
    From these quotes they seem to differentiate between what prophecy is: Ginsberg thinks it is a heightened sort of guesswork but Le Guin, well i don’t think she’d accept any sort, everything is descriptive & in that act only an attempt at guessing. i know what i want to say but my mind is misbehaving.

    By the way did you read my latest essay? You inspired it in your “i’ll race you…” comment.

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  4. Take the laurels for now DPM, but I’ll return for them later. I trust you have the scotch on hand, the most exotic thing I’ve got here is soy formula.

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